The Wellington CC Covidfund
Update 27.05.2020: £3101.77
Earlier in the month we launched our Covidfund drive to help the club mitigate the financial impact of the virus. We have made great progress, with many generous donations having been received by individuals and companies, and initiatives like the Online Bar, Hundred Club and Quiz Night being well supported by members. This is a great start, but there is still a long way to go. Good work everyone, let’s keep going!
We hope all our members and their families are keeping fit and healthy during these strange times. We appreciate that the COVID-19 crisis will be bringing financial hardship and other difficulties for many of you. In the statement below we call on Wellington members and friends of the club to contribute to our new Covidfund to ensure the club emerges from the pandemic in good health. It is well understood that for some this simply will not be possible; however, even if you can’t support us financially right now, all members can contribute by sharing our situation with friends and family and encouraging them to help out.
What is the Covidfund?
Our Covidfund is a fundraising drive designed to alleviate the financial impact of the current pandemic on Wellington Cricket Club, offsetting the expected loss of income this summer. This will allow us to maintain the wide variety of cricket opportunities and high standard of facilities that we were able to offer prior to the crisis when our sport is finally able to resume.
How much are we trying to raise?
Analysis of the worst-case scenario for our financial year ending September 2020 showed an expected hole of £20,000 in our accounts. Last month, the club successfully applied for a small-business grant through Telford & Wrekin Council to the value of £10,000.
We are seeking to raise the remaining £10,000 via the Covidfund.
Who else will benefit?
Recognising the terrible impact of the crisis on our wider community, and taking its own social obligations seriously, the club intends to use this opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for two charities which are close to many members’ hearts and which we traditionally support on an annual basis via our Ladies’ Day – Severn Hospice and The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Wellington Cricket Club will therefore donate £1 for every £10 raised by the Covidfund and distribute the money evenly between the two charities, helping them to continue their invaluable work in these difficult times.
How are the club proposing to raise the funds?
In order to meet such an ambitious target, the club will have to employ a multi-faceted approach. We propose the following initiatives for the time being, but we will require our membership to support us in many of these.
1). Online Bar Donations: Members who have ordered from our online bar are able to leave voluntary cash donations every time they order. These have begun to add up and the bar has been remarkably busy over its first two weekends.
What began as an attempt to clear some excess stock has now developed into a regular same-day bar service which our volunteers will continue to run until further notice. Get your orders in at https://www.wellingtoncc.co.
2). Sponsor/Company Donations: We received assurances from our Platinum Sponsors, Access Covers, and our Junior Sponsors, MR Btrac, early in the crisis committing to continue their generous support in 2020 come what may. We are extremely lucky to have such committed benefactors and we really cannot thank them enough for standing by us at a time when they have their own challenges.
Elsewhere, the club has now made the decision to defer all board sponsor invoices for this season. We did not think it was fair in the current circumstances to place additional financial burdens on companies who have loyally supported us over so many years.
However, voluntary donations towards the Covidfund from our sponsors and other companies are still possible and will be very warmly welcomed. We are delighted that Simmonds Transport and Enviropest have both already made significant contributions to this fund. If your company would like to contribute, please contact David Ross on email@example.com
3). The Hundred Club: Our monthly summer raffle will be run this year for the benefit of the Covidfund and we are hoping that it will be able to contribute £1,000 towards our target. In order to achieve that, we will need to sell another 40 tickets before the first draw, scheduled for 31st May. If you would like a ticket, you can buy yours here: https://www.wellingtoncc.co.
4). Individual Donations: Members and well-wishers can contribute on a charitable basis towards our funding drive via a new crowdfunding page. Once we have raised our first £200 on this site, the ECB will top it up with an extra £100. Please head over to http://spacehive.com/
In the past few weeks, we have also received some extremely kind and unexpected donations offline which also be added to the total.
5). Membership Donations: We have made it clear that all members will be entitled to a partial or full refund on their membership fees for this year, depending on the amount of cricket that is possible. Many have indicated that they will forgo their refund, or part of it, and donate this to the cricket club. Any contributions of this type will be added to the Covidfund later in the season.
6). Online Events: We will be holding a virtual Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd May at 7pm with all monies raised going to the Covidfund. Details of how you can get involved will be released imminently, but please keep the date free in your diary.
Have you got any ideas on how the club can meet its target? Get in touch with David Ross on firstname.lastname@example.org if there is an online event you think we should be running or something we could be doing.
Of course, when limited social and sports events are permitted, the club is likely to have more options to raise money. We will need to be imaginative and flexible in our approach whilst continuing to abide by the rules to keep our members safe.
If we hit the £10,000 target, will that solve all our problems?
Not quite. Ongoing restrictions around social distancing have left our main fundraiser for next season, November’s Fireworks Night, in serious doubt. Should this event not be able to go ahead, the club will have another large funding gap in next year’s accounts, which will need to be plugged.
Members should be aware that the impact of the current crisis is likely to endure into 2021 and that it will require a great deal of effort over this whole period to keep the club financially stable and able to maintain its expansive offering both on and off the field.
For now, the club’s focus must be on the immediate term and hitting the £10,000 target for this summer. We call on all members to help in this giant effort in whatever capacity they can.